Netherlands announces training squads
The KNCB has announced its two summer training squads with a total of 34 players in a bid to build a stronger base for the national team ahead of the busy season this year.
The full squad with 20 players will play three first-class ICC Intercontinental Cup matches and at least 23 one-day games while the A side will be involved in the Continental Twenty20 tournament and the European Championships.
KNCB Chairman of selectors, Darrin Murray, said that the selection demonstrated the board’s desire to build a stronger national side. He said on the Cricket Europe website: "An increase in the amount of cricket played by the national team and the recent retirement of three very experienced players in Jeroen Smits, Darron Reekers and Edgar Schiferli requires the development of a larger squad.
"The stronger base will come from the development of our younger players, retaining current experienced players in the squad and trying to obtain long term commitment from players that may not be permanently based in The Netherlands but have a desire to play for the country on a regular basis."
"Our selection rewards those who have put a lot of effort over the winter. But we shall be continuing to watch developments over the early part of the season, and it’s not out of the question that other players will earn their inclusion by their performances on the field," he added.
The squads are:
Full squad: Peter Borren, Derek de Boorder, Mudassar Bukhari, Daan van Bunge, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Tom de Grooth, Tim Gruijters, Mark Jonkman, Maurits Jonkman, Mohammed Kashif, Alexei Kervezee, Ruud Nijman, Adeel Raja, Pieter Seelaar, Nick Statham, Eric Szwarczynski, Berend Westdijk and Bas Zuiderent.
A squad:Wesley Barresi, Sebastiaan Braat, Philip van den Brandeler, Lucas Brouwers, Dennis Coster, Wilfried Diepeveen, Tom Heggelman, Somesh Kohli, Bernard Loots, Thijs van Schelven, Bart Schilperoord, Jelte Schoonheim, Lesley Stokkers and Vinoo Tewarie.